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Mind map brainstorm template

Quickly output ideas and patterns into a structured diagram

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Mind mapping helps you visualize and understand the connections between concepts, and can often reveal relationships you wouldn't have anticipated — especially when you’re building a mind map together. Use this template to get started mind mapping and illustrating the links between variables with your team.

What is a mind map?

Mind mapping is a brainstorming technique that can be used to organize thoughts and ideas. The basic structure of a mind map is a central idea, with branches radiating out from the center. Each branch can then be further divided into smaller branches, creating a hierarchical structure.

Mind maps are often used to brainstorm ideas, as they can help to visually organize thoughts and connect related concepts. Additionally, mind maps can be used to plan projects or presentations, as they can provide a clear overview of the material. Ultimately, mind maps are versatile tools that can be used in a variety of ways.

How to create a mind map

1.  Choose a topic

The first step in using a mind map to brainstorm is to choose a topic. The topic can be anything that you want to brainstorm ideas about. For example, if you are planning a new feature, you could brainstorm ideas for related tools and other product and design considerations.

2.  Place your topic at the center of the mind map

Now that you've defined your brainstorming topic, place it in the center of the diagram so that all the branches radiate outward from the main concept.

3.  Brainstorm related ideas and concepts

Once you have written the main idea in the center of the diagram, add branches and related concepts. These branches will represent different ideas that relate to the main idea. For example, if you are brainstorming ideas for a new feature, you might have branches for “user interface design,” “developer timelines,” and “components.”

5.  Continue to build outward so you include as many related variables as possible

Finally, on each of the branches, write down specific ideas that relate to that branch. It can help to brainstorm the concepts within a category and visualize the connections afterward, in order to keep from limiting the discussion.

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Mapping and diagramming

Mapping and diagramming

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Mind map brainstorm template frequently asked questions

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